Oh, not in the gun rights arena, have no fear there. No, I had to admit defeat in the "My son is too young for a cell phone" battle.
Yes. TheBoy has his own cellphone.
Now, he has been warned about only using it for emergencies. He has been instructed that we will be monitoring his usage carefully, and if he's using the phone too much or at times when he shouldn't it will be taken away, etc. It's a "dumb" phone - we weren't about to spring for a smart phone nor a data plan" - and he gets "family" texts free (well, we have a thousand texts to share each month). For $10 a month ($15 counting the insurance which you bet we added), it's peace of mind when he's out riding his bike or walking home from school.
But BOY, do I feel old.
We had a funny exchange about a year ago. He had watched as his friends and classmates got their own phones, and started agitating for a phone of his own. He then made the mistake of asking me how old I was when I got my first phone... You should have seen the look on his face when I informed him that I was 24 years old, I paid for the phone and the plan out of my own pocket, and it came with a whopping 20 minutes of free air time before you had to pay some ridiculous fee per minute.
Oh, and it was the same size and weight as a brick.
Some of my opposition was based on the fact that he didn't really need a phone - until recently, he was always with some adult (coach, Scout leader, parent) that had a phone should someone need to be contacted. As he gets older and asserts his independence, riding his bike around town, hanging out at the basketball court, etc., he's more likely to be somewhere without access to a phone. Have you tried finding a pay phone recently?
And yes, part of my opposition is based on the entirely emotional aspect of not wanting to admit that my little boy is growing up...
That is all.